A photo of drawings in Rachel Whiteread's studio taken in 2010

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Rachel Whiteread. Whiteread is perhaps most famous for her sculptures which involve casting everyday objects in concrete, resin, and other materials. In 1993 she produced House, a concrete cast of an entire home in London, which won the Turner prize that year. Also important to Whiteread’s practice, however, is drawing.

 

As the artist says, the drawings help her artistic process, as a way of…

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A charcoal drawing of a young Afghan boyEffects of War series: Afghanistan, charcoal and conte on paper

Gamelle Fitzgibbon is an artist and designer who is especially interested in charcoal, typography, and jewelry design. She is also our featured artist for today! Gamelle’s charcoal works express a variety of subjects, ranging from figures and portraits in her Effects of War series - serious portrayals of the ravages of conflict – to her Contemporary Eros series which…

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A handmade glass dish with clear glass and confetti embeddedStrings of Confetti, confetti, clear-fused glass with a strip of clear, slumped and cold-worked

Located in Scott Valley, California, Don Golden is an artist who works in glass, occasionally combining it with other materials such as leaves and photography to create innovative layered glasswork.

 

Don’s glassworks are really interesting. I especially like the ones where he uses a layered technique and embeds other materials within the…

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A painting composed of brightly coloured geometric forms

Saw 5, acrylic on sintra

 

Adam Daily’s bright, bombastic abstracts are the type of paintings that can catch your attention from across the gallery space! I love the solid, geometric shapes that Daily uses, and the way they fit together, each painting looking like a jigsaw puzzle of big, satisfying coloured blocks.

 

These paintings almost seem inspired by the more recent works of Bridget Riley, and the focus seems to alternate…

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An oil painting of animals in a birch forestRascals at Home, oil on collaged paper

Kate Scoones is an artist originally from Victoria, British Columbia. Kate has been working in the arts for most of her life, and her affectionate narrative paintings are currently in private collections all over the world.

 


A painting of the outline of a young man writing, surrounded by coloured flowersCounting Flowers to Measure Grief, gouache on wood panel

Working with oil paints, gouache, and mixed media, Kate’s paintings really seem to tell a story – or many…

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An abstracted pastel drawing of a city skylineMusic Series - Gotham, pastel and gershwin

Today’s featured artist is Marilyn Riopel! Marilyn was born in New York to a creative family, but it wasn’t until her art career took her to Canada that she discovered her love for the medium of pastels. Marilyn’s bright, jazzy pastel works sometimes echo landscapes, and other times are abstract, expressing musical themes. I’m really impressed with the amount of deep, saturated colour…

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A photo of Cornelia Parker in her studio in London

 

Today let’s visit Cornelia Parker in her studio in east London. Parker is well known for her large installation pieces, including several installations where she took pieces of buildings that had been destroyed, hanging the pieces in a state of suspended destruction. Two of the installations featured the fragments of former churches that had succumbed to fires in one manner or another, with installations made up of suspended cubes…

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An artwork composed on paint and layered cardboard sheets, with images of chairs on themBack Shed Chair, mixed media

Amy D. Graham’s painted and mixed-media works focus more on capturing moods and memories than on realistically depicting their subjects.

 


An abstract image with swirled pencil marks and shades of brown and greyEva's Toy, mixed media on pizza box

Her works often remind me of old houses, where scraps of ornate pattern and colour mix together with bare cardboard, like wallpaper peeling off an old wood wall. Amy tends to oscillate between simple, impressionist paintings, and more…

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A printed photograph of a woman dodging throwing knives in a dream scenarioImprecisions, pigmented print on canvas and veil

Gabriela Morawetz originates from Poland and now lives and works in Paris, France. Her layered mixed media artworks combine photographed images, often of female figures, with abstract and floral forms.

 


A manipulated black and white photograph of a man who appears to be flyingIn Illo Tempore

I really like the way Morawetz’s artworks use a layering technique, including printing on both photographic paper, and translucent fabrics, that creates a…

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A photograph of a banner of a wolf's eyes hung over an urban tunnel"Wolf" - Witness series, digital print installation

Today we’re looking at the artwork of Prav Pillay. Working as a curator, researcher, and educator as well as a practicing artist, Prav explores the ideas of individuality within culture, technological advancement, and our own changing relationship with our earth. The artist has a background in studying science with art, biochemistry in particular, and has lived and traveled all over…

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A watercolour painting of an eyeless fox dressed in grandmother's clothingUntitled, watercolour on paper

Today’s featured artist is Rachael Siminovitch. I'm really enjoying Rachael’s paintings and drawings, where strange, surreal portraiture meet memento mori.  

 


A pencil drawing of a bear walking over a pile of stones, with a cow's skull in the foregroundBear Creek, pencil on paper

The shadow of death seems to feature in a lot of these images – bones, skulls and other signs of decay frequently appear in the backgrounds of her portraits. The portraits themselves are often drawn in a simple,…

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A painting of a barn using bright colours and flat planesHollylane

Our featured artist today is Lesli Devito! Lesli currently lives in Virginia in a country house- a house which has become inspirational to many of her paintings of barns, pets, and bright colours.  

 


A painting of a sad-looking dalmatianPatches

I really like Lesli’s unique painting style, and the ultra-clean treatment of her subjects. She places stylized images of buildings, farm animals, cats and dogs against flat, brightly coloured backgrounds. Lesli uses…

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A photograph of Claude Monet at work in his home studio in France

 

Let’s look at the beautiful France studio of Claude Monet. The father of impressionism as we know it today, Monet took much of his inspiration from the landscape around his home, and took great pleasure in tending his large, wild garden. Monet spent his formative artistic years in Paris, close to the Louvre and to many other artists who would become famous alongside Monet.

 

Monet’s studio is large and somewhat sparse looking. I…

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A sculpture made of an object with strands of dried paint attached in three dimensionsDescarga

Adrian Molina lists his works as “sculptural paintings” and “painterly sculptures” – and the artist certainly enjoys combining disciplines in his work. Adrian attacks his works from a philosophical, and even scientific standpoint.

 

A screen capture of the "sculptural paintings" gallery on Adrian Molina's websiteAdrian's Sculptural Paintings gallery on his art webpage


A painting of a man thinking, with the thought bubble made three dimensionalConsider Not Becoming

True, his sculptures are about as painterly as possible without being actual paintings. It looks as though the…

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A photograph of lighting over a city skyline in AlbertaUrban Chaos

Photographer Ivan Petrov uses his camera to capture stunning geographic scenes, showcasing the wildly different landscapes and unique beauty of each of the many destinations that he travels to.

 


A photograph of a sunset over water in NewfoundlandSunset in Rocky Harbour

I like the way Ivan categorizes his photos by place – each gallery on www.ivanpetrov.ca is like a travel book, allowing the viewer to get a feel for the region through many different photos. Ivan captures…

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